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Girls: “Hostage Situation”

Feb 21, 2017

The final season of Girls is underway and in the second episode of the season, things go a little crazy. But after five seasons of these characters, crazy is all we know. So without crazy it...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

Feb 21, 2017

With Liane Moriarity’s book being a well-accepted success, we eagerly awaited the release of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.  Boasting such a rich acting quality of Reese...

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Movie Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Feb 24, 2017

With what I thought was a weak premise to start, I wasn’t sure how I would like this film. But much like a watered down drink, you add more alcohol (in this case four outstanding comedic...

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Movie Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Movie Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

With what I thought was a weak premise to start, I wasn’t sure how I would like this film. But much like a watered down drink, you add more alcohol (in this case four outstanding comedic leads) and mix it together (killer soundtrack) and pour it into a gorgeous glass (beautiful scenery) and you might just have a pretty kick-ass cocktail. Or film. Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are two wild children that have a penchant for ruining every family gathering they bother to appear at.  With their little sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) about to walk down the aisle, everyone knows those two need some supervision if the wedding is...

Are you Ready For VICE Season 5?

Are you Ready For VICE Season 5?

HBOWatch had kept up the regimen of reviewing VICE on HBO every week for its first few years but with increasing content added every season and the content seeming to be interested only by a niche audience we didn’t follow it weekly since Season Four last year. That doesn’t mean we wanted to ignore the launch of Season Five. A press release states – VICE returns to HBO for its fifth season with an hour-long edition on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 11:00pm followed by half-hour shows debuting subsequent Fridays at the same times. Following the success of previous seasons and a growing partnership between HBO and VICE Media, the Emmy-winning...

Inside THE YOUNG POPE Opening Credits

Inside THE YOUNG POPE Opening Credits

HBO loves a great Opening Credit sequence, doesn’t it?  We could rattle off a great number of them and what we like about each, and we just might do so one of these days when time allows, but for now we focus on one of the most recent ones. How about the credits for THE YOUNG POPE? On first look, it appears that Pope Pius the XIII is walking down a hallway, in perhaps The Vatican, amongst the religious iconography displayed. To tweak it they add some subtle animation to the paintings as if to say things are a bit different here now. Then we get that wink from the handsome face of Jude Law in his basic papal garb. The sequence concludes...

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

With Liane Moriarity’s book being a well-accepted success, we eagerly awaited the release of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.  Boasting such a rich acting quality of Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman to name the least, it isn’t hard to see this series becoming a hit.  But let’s start at the beginning. The episode begins like the book. Someone is dead at a school function and everyone is a suspect. Cutting between interviews of witnesses and the beginning of the school year, the audience will see the story unfold as the events lead up to the death, which will most likely occur in the finale....

Girls: “Hostage Situation”

Girls: “Hostage Situation”

The final season of Girls is underway and in the second episode of the season, things go a little crazy. But after five seasons of these characters, crazy is all we know. So without crazy it wouldn’t be the show we’ve come to know and love. As previously mentioned, this show wouldn’t be itself if it weren’t for our favorite characters acting in insane ways.  As last season ended and this season began, I had hope for Marnie. Sure, she and Ray called each other ‘babe’ or ‘baby’ a lot, but I had hope that maybe Marnie was on a good path and finding her center and being less of a selfish human...

Pete Holmes is CRASHING; Joining Him?

Pete Holmes is CRASHING; Joining Him?

Pete Holmes has landed on the HBO schedule now with CRASHING and HBO has been promoting it pretty hard. Of course, it wants to stick another good comedy on its slate, right? Could this be the one? For HBO followers it started with HBO giving him a stand-up special. Back on 12.03.16 HBO debuted PETE HOLMES: FACES AND SOUNDS, an hour gig in which Holmes told his audience that he was always good at making faces and sounds so he might as well have put it all to good use, thus his stand-up routine was born. His set includes rifts on sleep and nightmares; unexpected moments of comedy while traveling; quirks of the English language; how Brits deal...

HBO Documentary Films: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)

HBO Documentary Films: EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: NOS AMIS (OUR FRIENDS)

Overview: The November 13, 2015 terrorist attack in Paris claimed 130 lives around the city — 89 of them at the Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan Theatre concert. This documentary spotlights the American rock band as they recount their experiences before and after the tragic events. The film explores the deep bonds between band co-founders Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme (also a member of Queens of the Stone Age), as well as the intense connection the band has always had with its devoted fans, which moved them to return to Paris to perform once again in February 2016. It includes accounts of fans who survived the Bataclan attack,...

HBO Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

HBO Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

I have always liked movies based on legends, folklore and dusty old fiction and the story of the Lord of the Apes is a good example. Alexander Skarsgard (of True Blood) portrays the legendary Tarzan, or Lord John Clayton III this time around. Margot Robbie plays his wife Jane, Samuel L Jackson plays George Washington Williams, an American diplomat, Djimon Hounsou plays a powerful Congolese chief and the ever charming Christoph Waltz portrays the evil Leon Rom, a Belgian citizen and envoy of King Leopold of Belgium. Of course, it really doesn’t hurt that Alexander Skarsgard is in fine form as I do appreciate a man who is ruggedly handsome,...

Girls Season Six Premiere: “All I Ever Wanted”

Girls Season Six Premiere: “All I Ever Wanted”

Season Six of Girls is finally here and the first episode takes off from where Season Five leaves off. “Takes off” is a strong phrase for how the episode actually went. It was more like a slow Sunday drive down some unremarkable road, except with more swearing and the occasional mention of reproductive organs and awkward sex. Let’s recap first: Now, “All I Ever Wanted” opens up with Hannah typing up a printed version monolog she presented at the end of the Season Five finale. Out of sheer curiosity, I read it and I’m confused to how not only it got published, but how it landed her a writing assignment that she will...

The Young Pope Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

The Young Pope Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

  Lenny’s love letters are actually improving his image to the public, but he still is an ass with respect to the issues of abortion and gay people in the church. Note to Lenny: it is 2017, get off your high horse and get with the times. Lenny, being the Pope and all, has quite the busy time: meetings with heads of state, debriefing with members of the Vatican (Guiterrez, Sofia, etc) and of course, dealing with the monster of the year, Archbishop Kurtwell. Which leads us to an exchange between Lenny and Guiterrez. Guiterrez revealed what we pretty much suspected: he is a homosexual. And Lenny is an ass because he wants to more or...

HBO Goes Behind-The-Scenes of “Godfather” in New Film

HBO Goes Behind-The-Scenes of “Godfather” in New Film

The following news from Variety should excite many a classic film fan! HBO Films is developing FRANCIS AND THE GODFATHER a scripted movie that chronicles the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 feature adaptation of the novel by Mario Puzo –The Godfather. The work tells the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s creation, from Coppola joining the project to the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the real-life New York mafia. The concept would truly be awesome I think. Think of the strong casting required to give us Coppola, Brando, Pacino and the rest of the cast and crew of the epic Best Picture winner, not...

HBO Gives Musical Comedy From Amy Poehler’s Company Consideration

HBO Gives Musical Comedy From Amy Poehler’s Company Consideration

Not much news to go on here, but we wanted to give this project attention because it is a potential series not seen on HBO. Amy Poehler’s production company is developing a musical-comedy for the pay channel entitled EDISON. The last musical comedy was 2007’s FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS. EDISON is said to be a half-hour dark musical comedy about John a 40-year-old real estate broker who dreams of living life in the big city but remains stuck in his small hometown of Edison, NJ. John is already cast. The role will be played by John Roberts (pictured, the voice of Linda in Bob’s Burgers – yes he voices a woman). It is reported that...

Adam McKay’s SUCCESSION A Go at HBO

Adam McKay’s SUCCESSION A Go at HBO

HBOWatch has been tracking back since June 2016 that Adam McKay (of EASTBOUND AND DOWN, pictured) was working on SUCCESSION. We again announced in December that it received a pilot order. To help refresh your mind of the project here is a reprint of that last post: It is the story of the Roy family. This family is a giant global media force to be reckoned with despite all their internal and personal problems it has. The work has now put to casting the pilot pitch and here are the details.   Brian Cox (DEADWOOD’s Jack Langrishe) will play Logan Roy, the tough, powerful, and aging patriarch of the Roy family and head of a...

The Young Pope: “Episode Nine”

The Young Pope: “Episode Nine”

Nothing makes me angrier than having to watch something about priests and finding out that they were sick and abhorrent child molesters. This episode was very unsettling, to say the least. A lot of plotlines to get though and none of them very ‘feel good.’ Well, perhaps at the end it wasn’t so bad. Gutierrez (pictured right) just reminds me of a little lost soul, someone with no place to go, completely out of his element and down on his luck. Trying to build a case against someone in a powerful position is never easy, but he just keeps on finding that whatever evidence or witnesses he has just doesn’t seem to hold any weight and...

HBO Documentary Films: SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON

HBO Documentary Films: SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON

Overview: Located on an Appalachian mountaintop in Wise County, Va., Red Onion State Prison is a “supermax” facility built to house individual inmates in 8’x10’ solitary-confinement cells, 23 hours a day, for months, years and sometimes decades. Directed by Kristi Jacobson, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison explores life on both sides of the bars, raising provocative questions about punishment in America today. Drawing on unprecedented, unrestricted access, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison was filmed over the course of one year, chronicling a new reform program intended to reduce the number of solitary confinement...

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